Turkish Delight

Last summer Max and I met in Istanbul after being apart for several months. Max flew in from Detroit the day before I flew from Prague, and in a way that truly seemed miraculous, we met in the airport without sending a single text message. Having had a cell phone for eleven years, it almost … Continue reading

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Guys dig girls with Mussels

Or at least, that’s what Max told me. Cooking mussels is another one of those nearly foolproof methods of pleasing snobs with simple, and fairly cheap ingredients. In fact, Max spent more on the perfect Belgian beer pairings than I did on the whole dinner! It was kind of a whim to make them, actually, … Continue reading

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Duck and Cover (With Pasta)

You didn’t think I made duck confit just to eat a delicious confit dinner, did you? The best part of duck confit is the leftovers! I had a recipe in mind from Florence Fabricant of the NY Times (although she says, “Do not even think of making duck confit from scratch. Buy it prepared, from … Continue reading

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Pros and Confit

People will try to scare you away from making duck confit. BUT DON’T LET THEM! Duck confit is surprisingly simple, and comes from a centuries-old method of preparing food to make it tasty and easy to preserve. Confit is a French word (pronounced cone-FEE) that comes from the verb confire, to preserve. Apparently, a great … Continue reading

No misteak birthday dinner

For Max’s birthday dinner, he just wanted a classic steak and potatoes meal. Well, that was fine by me! I don’t get filet mignon too often, so it was kind of like a birthday dinner for me, too! Filet mignon (the “cute fillet” en fran├žais) is a tenderloin cut that is known as being very … Continue reading

There won’t be a spare rib!

Seems like every time I look up a spare rib recipe, the recommended ones take hours of marinading and at least three hours of roasting. Who has that kind of time? But now that it’s getting all cold outside, a warm and satisfying platter of ribs makes great comfort food. My recipe isn’t very time … Continue reading

Penne Garmushallini

Hungry for something that wasn’t leftover from Thanksgiving, Max and I decided to throw together a pasta dish last night that is a standby in our house because we always have the ingredients more-or-less on hand. That’s right, garmushallini! Ahem, that is, garlic, mushrooms, shallots and zucchini. And of course, we tie it together with … Continue reading

Battle (Trumpet) Royale

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I’m very curious about family traditions and any interesting side dishes people had, so let me know what you all did this year. Last year, Max and I were in Prague during Thanksgiving. We had moved there a couple months before and I was bewildered with the idea … Continue reading

Gnocchi? No problem!

As I have stated numerous times, I am obsessed with pasta. I am also aware that pasta is kind of a huge pain in the butt to make at home if you don’t have any special equipment (and really, even if you do). While I’ve already mentioned that I use Raffeto’s for most of my … Continue reading

an illuminating lamb post

I mentioned in an earlier post finding a French rack of lamb for about $11.70 at Trader Joe’s, and after stashing it in the meat drawer for a couple of days, it was lamb time. As Max and I are on a pretty tight budget, we don’t get lamb too often. The last time we … Continue reading